London Festival of Photography 2012

The London Festival of Photography returns again this year and runs throughout the month of June. There is a wide range of exhibitions covering street photography, reportage and documentary as well as workshops, talks and events. Some of the highlights of the show are listed below. For a full program of events check the Festival Diary

SCOTLAND. Edinburgh. Centenarian Simon Martinez. D.O.B. February 18th 1910 in Belize. In his local pub which he walks to from his home where he lives independently with family nearby. © Chris Steele-Perkins

The Great British Public

Embracing the spirit of patriotism with the upcoming Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this show will present images from photographers working the length and breadth of the British Isles documenting the daily life, work and rituals of the British in their many incarnations.

Contemporary images from photographers working the length and breadth of the British Isles. John Angerson, Peter Dench, Arnhel de Serra, Liz Hingley, Zed Nelson, Martin Parr, Simon Roberts, Chris Steele-Perkins, Homer Sykes, Giulietta Verdon-Roe…

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Dog Eared Gallery, 1 to 24 June
St Pancras International 1 to 30 June

Colonel Gaddafi and Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union, holding hands in Moscow, April 27th, 1981. ©2011 Michael Christopher Brown for Human Rights Watch

Gaddafi Archives – Libya Before the Arab Spring

From the Human Rights Watch photographic archive, an exclusive view of never-before-seen images documenting the recent history of Libya from the King Idris period and throughout the rule of its most infamous dictator.

Through carefully collated photographs, documents, artifacts and videos this exhibition will shed light on the recent history of Libya, starting with the reign of King Idris and spanning the regime of Colonel Gaddafi. The exhibition will highlight photography’s role in recording and documenting an important period in Libya’s history that we can only now begin to truly understand. Pictures and documents from state intelligence buildings and destroyed Gaddafi residences that were found by Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director Peter Bouckaert, and recorded and photographed at the sites, will be presented. All original materials were left where they were found after being photographed or have been since been returned to the National Transition Council in Libya.

Secret Venue, 16 June to 15 July 

Grand Parade, Cape Town, South Africa, 1976

Beneath The Surface – Steve Bloom

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Steve Biko’s death, Steve Bloom’s photographs capture a critical moment in 1970s apartheid-era South Africa.

An exhibition of Steve Bloom’s photographs from the mid 1970’s, Some of these images are being shown for the first time, while others have not been seen since they were first exhibited internationally three decades ago.


Guardian Gallery (King’s Place), 1 to 30 June

The 'Autonomous Social Centre', 29 Western Road, Brighton. 17 July 2011. The former mobile phone store was occupied by protestors on 30 June who were striking in solidarity with public sector workers effected by government cuts. The building had been empty since August 2010

Let This Be A Sign – Simon Roberts

New work from Simon Roberts looking at the physical, political and social effects of the recent UK recession.

Alongside the exhibition, a participatory space will be set up where visitors will be invited to share their thoughts and experiences.

Swiss Cottage Gallery, 23 May to 30 June

Hong Kong

The Queen, The Chairman & I – Kurt Tong

A new body of work by Kurt Tong, The Queen, The Chairman and I is a collection of photographs and writing that retrace and bring to life Tong’s ancestral roots from more than a century ago to the present day.

The exhibition will take the form of a Chinese tea house and visitors will be encouraged to share their own family stories.


Horse Hospital, 1 to 23 June


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